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prized production. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. the united nations today condemned israel in the strongest turned him blaming it for a deadly attack on one of its schools in gaza where palestinians were seeking shelter. at least 15 people were killed. there was more bloodshed when a busy market was hit. the israeli mystery of -- in lieu of -- military says it is investigating both incidents. there is this report from gaza and you make down the details and midges disturbing. -- you may find the images and details disturbing. >> calling for help. victim screens. there have been many terrible days here. -- victims screams.
earlier today we watched a hospital consumed with casualties and chaos. the youngest and most vulnerable shattered and shocked. simply appalling scene. the terror of the conflict in gaza etched onto the face of a five-year-old. he was sleeping in the un's school when the shells landed. her father was killed, and she desperately need surgery. thehey had just come into main hospital in gaza. we believe 70 people have been injured. we think women, children and elderly men. at the moment the precise figure is not known. the debate will begin immediately about who is responsible for this. little girls lying side-by-side, bloodied and bruised. they were both pulled from the
rubble at the school. >we were asleep when the strike happened she says. what do we have to do with all of this? the hospital grounds overflowed with her read and families. every day in gaza seems to look like this. the u.n. says israel attacked the school. two very precise holes were punched through the walls of two classrooms. amid the dust and rubble, some signs that families had been living here. that went to tell you do not have any weapons. here but weecurity ofnot have security because the israeli occupation, the
terrorism. >> it was supposed to be safe here. , it feelss like this like nowhere is safe in gaza. like there was a mortar fire fired by palestinian terrorists. responding to fire him that the sanity. currently reviewing the incident itself. lex it has been another day of bloodshed in gaza. each incident has its own tragic story. week we reported on a baby girl delivered from her dead mother's body. today she died. with bombs falling nearby and a cemetery full of makeshift graves, they've buried her next to the mother she had never known. one more death on a day marked with violence.
she was just five days old. >> as the death toll rises, israel says it has hit more than 4000 targets since the latest military obligation -- operation began three weeks ago. it also claims more than 2000 rockets have been fired into israel by hamas. our correspondent has more on the israeli military strategy. big guns pounding gaza again today. israel calls this operation protective edge. this massive assault has now killed more than 1300 palestinians. the vast majority of them civilians. viewvideo cable close-up in action in gaza. they are hunting for hamas militants through a network of tunnels.
toe have already been used get attackers into israel. the army says destroying the tunnels will take a few more days but a senior official tells the bbc that may not be the end of the operation. this former national security advisor is even saying israel could be occupied with the entire the -- entire cause real -- gaza strip as a last resort. >> a situation in which we do not know any alternative. we might find ourselves in the situation where we do not have any chance. of you think a reoccupation gaza is possible? >> possible, yes. we are preparing ourselves because we may be in a situation where there is no other alternative. >> there are divisions about tactics with little or no argument about the war itself. like here in israel overwhelming
support for the offensive in gaza. opinion polls suggest as high as 90%. whatever the international community may say, whatever condemnation comes from abroad, israel he sees this as self-defense. to go evenught army further. >> it is an army. we have a war. friendship friend who just had a fight or something. it is more than that. >> even after all of these dead palestinian civilians. i am sorry about that. onthis was tel aviv saturday. a small group of extreme right demonstrators. no school in gaza, there are no children left. they came to heckle an antiwar rally organized by left-wing
campaigners. they say it is now an empty word in israel. >> let's return to the attack on the u.n. school in gaza today. i am joined by the u.n. deputy secretary general. israel says it is investigating this. have thatnce the you israel is responsible? been in close contact with our people in gaza. the leadership. and we have very strong indications that the sources artillery from the israeli defense forces in contrast to last time was attacked. this time we feel we have enough
evidence to make that assumption. we will of course continue the full investigation. the israelinoting spokeswoman from their defense forces said that they had been firing from the area and they had fired back. so i think we are on safe ground for the assumption that it was the israeli artillery very that caused the damage. generaln. secretary says there must be accountability and justice. what are you going to do. lex first, we have to establish the facts. then we will take the next step. accountability goes in both directions. we have also attacks against civilian population. have the tactical
machines. then you have massive attacks where civilians are hurt in disproportionate degree from the israeli side. all of this is counter to the geneva conventions. see what the situation is once we have investigated these accidents. i think in today's world we need to always be reminded of the need for accountability. bodies also see what like the human rights council and the security council will do on the issue of accountability. lex as you say, hamas has also been responsible for rockets into israel. they are being accused of putting civilians in harm's way. doesn't hamas need condemnation as well? ande have been very clear
condemned both rocket attacks and infiltration into israel through tunnels. that is very obvious that it is the case. the problem is that gaza is the size of a big metropolitan area. there is hardly a neat place to go. we have seen civilians and military component comes together and the israelis claim it is use of the technique. , the unitedousing nations is housing almost 200,000 people. the school that was hit this morning. , requested by the israeli defense forces to spread them out, but where do they go when you have no place to go.
we are faced with a huge crisis no oren we also have lacking water. lacking sanitation and lacking ability to freeze food. hospitals not able to work. the human terry and -- humanitarian crisis is taking on a new stage right now. if we then move people to byside the shelters themselves not being safe anymore, you can imagine the situation. we have to look at the personality of the attacks from one side and the response from the other side. >> obviously this is a crisis getting worse and we will continue to cover this. thank you very much indeed. lex i think the main thing now is to have the ending of the fighting and for both sides to
realize that and then go into the issue of a cease-fire. that is what we need to do right now. >> we will be watching. thank you for joining me. >> you are watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, the ebola virus is taking a deadly toll. now the peace corps says it is temporarily withdrawing volunteers from three countries at the center of the outbreak. the russian foreign ministry has accused the u.s. of introducing destructive and shortsighted sanctions over its actions in ukraine. it comes as fighting continues in the east of the country. jonathan beal reports on the latest developments. >> it is the ukrainian army that started the war. in it town 10 miles north of the rebel stronghold. we watch the army moving ever closer to the city. so is the sound of heavy
fighting. the twisted wreckage and the appended checkpoints of the russian backed separatist. those not killed but clearly left in a hurry. it is the local people who had been hiding in the sellers for safety that were left to pick up the pieces from the war. they are still unsure as to who is really winning. we are sick of being liberated by one side and then the other. how much more of the liberating can we take. the fighting still hampering the investigation into how many 300 people lost their lives. the passengers of mh 17. >> now almost two weeks since it came down. international monitors still trying to get access to the crash site. once again they have been halted because of fighting ahead. as the fighting gets nearer, harder to reach.
the rebels are transporting casualties from the frontline. and in getting -- and getting increasingly nervous. so, to are the residents in their direction. as the ukrainian forces surround the rebel stronghold, the fear moreere will only be deaths in the war. >> right now the world is experiencing the worst ever outbreak of the ebola virus. in west africa more than 760 people have already died this year. symptoms include fever and vomiting in -- vomiting and diarrhea. -- thespected the brick tally rate is between 50 and
90%. today liberia took the step of shutting all schools in an attempt to contain the spread. >> the latest and one of the youngest victims of evil laugh -- ebola. family is too scared to attend his burial, so he is carefully laid to rest by strangers. rides through contact with the patient's body fluids so help workers feel themselves in suits when temperatures hit 40 degrees celsius. it is relentless and harrowing work. baby in hister the final moments. lex i was there with him just before he died. shortped away just for a
break but then i was called back and was dead. i was totally devastated. i would just go outside and cry. some people believe medics is bringing ebola here and harvesting organs from the dead. after another death, community leaders agree to hear the truth. how to stop it spreading. >> a few days ago help workers cannot get into the village that they have made of brick through here today. people are bringing out sick relatives and agreeing to being checked over for symptoms of evil love. >> this man convinced his sick mother to get health -- help. she had a high fever and had been wanting for days. there have been seven deaths in the small village so far but medics say many more could be did. -- infected.
sample come to this makeshift lab. >> sometimes you are seeing patients were brought in their young. they are testing positive. it is very sad. back at theng time treatment center. himself a survivor after getting treatment early says -- he has come to see his little sister. it is good news. the tests have come back negative. it is a cruel and indiscriminate virus. their mother is very sick and may not survive. >> today the u.s. peace corps announced its temporary withdrawing volunteers from liberia syria leone and ginny due to the increasing spread.
for more on that threat, i spoke a short time ago with stephen monro were the centers for disease control and prevention in atlanta. >> thank you for joining me. why is this outbreak so severe? this outbreak is unusual in that it is in three different countries, and in particular local districts within each country. that has presented real challenges would just agree in terms of getting enough people into the area to do what is needed to break the chains of transmission, identifying cases, getting them to isolation and then identifying contacts. >> you have described the process of containment. a marathon rather than a sprint. do you have any idea how long it unclear at >> it is this point how long it will take that i think the solution will rely in the district i district one by one approach rather than
trying to confront the problem all at once. it is just too large at this point to be handled in that manner. >> a lot of people in this age of global travel will be worried about the risk of contagion. how severe is the risk that this countriesad to other outside africa such as the u.k. and the u.s.? spread is the risk of low at this point. the important thing is for people who have been exposed to recognize the exposure and retrained -- refrain from travel for 21 days until it is clear they do not have symptoms. >> you mentioned a minute ago that people on the grounds are really struggling with the very real challenges of containing this outbreak. are they well equipped? can they do this or do they need more support? rex what the cdc is trying to do with u.s. partners and global partners, the world health organization and others is to do
exactly that, identify what are the resource needs in the different parts of the different countries affected and try to get them the resources they need him a whether it is personal protect him equipment or fruits on the ground, whatever it is so they can have a coordinated response to the outbreak. >> didn't -- given the difficulties and that many of the areas are hard to access, do you actually know the full extent of the outbreak? >> i think to be fair we do not know the full extent. we have reports of the cases reported through the ministry of health, but we know some villages we have not been able to get people into the villages to identify cases. so i am confident there are more cases out there that have not currently been recorded. centerhen monro for the for disease control. thank you for joining me.
>> you are welcome. thank you. >> now to new york where the famed metropolitan opera to be on the brink of a shutdown. today a met or posed in bringing federal mediators in an attempt to prevent a threatened walkout friday. labor accounts for two thirds of total expenses. it says they are essential to prevent financial ruin. the union says too much is being spent on lavish reduction. >> the grand opera does not become much grander than the lincoln center in new york. productions like this set the gold standard of artistic excellence but the platinum pay package of the opera and chorus. here you do not have to be a diva to earn up to 100 80,000 pounds in wages and benefits.
>> many of the same problems of dwindling and aging audiences. here at the met the cash crunch is particularly acute. management claims it is think satan -- facing bankruptcy. >> today productions that i -- quite possibly may never be seen. management is threatening the lockout. >> if we do not correct our financial course now while we have the opportunity to, a few years down the road and that could be facing extinction. the fact it has been around force -- 130 odd years and regarded by many as the world's finest and most famous opera house does not give immunity from financial crisis. the lavish productions show the met is obviously strapped for
cash according to the unions. the flowers that created this poppy field cost 100,000 pounds alone. they claim they offer much better value for money. >> we would say in tough times that think you have to remember is it is important to invest in the core of the product. the core of the product is the music. there are lots of things we would consider to be less essential but one thing we know it is famous for its artistic excellence. that we cannot change. that comes at a price. >> for all the cuts, videos of the production have an shown in cinemas around the world. so it is unlikely to suffer the fate of comments.
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